Turning #inktober sketches into color

childrens illustration, Mixed media, Sketchbook, Uncategorized

I fell in love with some of my #inktober character sketches and decided to add color to a few of them.

For these I used an old sketchbook that had layers of paper ephemera layers with a top coat of gesso. I used a carbon copy sheet and transferred my #inktober sketch onto the gesso page…pressing very lightly. Then I added chalk pastel.

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Imitate the Masters - Paul Signac

Imitate the Masters – Paul Signac – Chalk Pastels

Portfolio, Sketchbook, Uncategorized

We artist can learn so much from other artists, especially the masters who came before us. I love Impressionism artwork because of the rawness and freeness it represents.

Paul Signac / French / 1863-1935

I love that Signac experimented with various mediums. He creating paintings in oil and watercolor. He made etching and lithographs. But it is his pen-and-ink sketches I love.

For this Imitate the Masters piece I used chalk pastels to recreate Signac’s famous St. Tropez, the Shipyard and the Lighthouse (1893).

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Pink Pastel Doodle Tutu-How to

How to draw a pink pastel doodle tutu

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Pink Pastel Doodle Tutu-How to

Working with Chalk Pastels can be fun, messy and totally frustrating all at the same time. I’ve found that I like working with chalk pastels in my art journal the best. I always start with a layer of Gesso. How thick of a layer will depend on what medium I’m working with. Since I’m using chalk pastels for this piece my Gesso layer is thin because I’ll be covering the entire page with color.Pink Pastel Doodle Tutu-How to

First thing you’ll need to do, is to sketch in pencil your figure. Since it was #nationalballetday yesterday I chose to sketch a ballerina figure. I saw a photograph on pinterest that inspired this drawing.

Pink Pastel Doodle Tutu-How to

With chalk pastels, color in your ballerina. Blending and layering until she’s complete.

Pink Pastel Doodle Tutu-How to

Add a background color. Then spray entire page with a fixative. Hair spray will also work. The fixative will darken the colors.

Pink Pastel Doodle Tutu-How to

Once the fixative dries you can now add doodles. Pens will not work over the chalk pastels until it’s been sprayed.

Pink Pastel Doodle Tutu-How to

Add a quote to the page if you like. I chose a quote by Susannah Conway. “Always wear your invisible crown.”

Sketch in art journal

A Peek Inside My Art Journal: Chalk Pastels

Sketchbook, Uncategorized

I’ve had a box of chalk pastels sitting on my art desk for over a year now. I remember as I child my mother had a box of these colorful chalks and they were messy but vibrant and I loved them. I’ve kept this untouched box on my desk thinking that one day I’d play with them, even if just for nostalgia sake. A couple weeks ago I did just that. I had been working on a drawing inspired by Jane Davenport’s book “Drawing and Painting Beautiful Faces” and I decided since I was playing with sketches in my art journal that I’d give the chalk pastels a try.

I fell immediately in love!! They are messy! But after watching a couple YouTube videos I quickly got the hang of them.

Sketch in art journal

Chalk pastels in art journal

 

Sketch in art journal

Chalk pastels in art journal

After I finished both of these pieces I sprayed them with hairspray to lock down the chalk so they wouldn’t smear. Once the hairspray hit the chalk the color exploded. It’s truly one of my favorite parts. It changes the color…darkens it quite a bit, but I dig it.

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Chalk Pastels

 

Fashion Zentangle by Heidi Cogdill

A Peek Inside My Sketchbook: Fashion Zentangles

Sketchbook

Fashion Zentangles are not only beautiful but they are very soothing and relaxing to create.

Zentangle designs, although very relaxing to create, can be very overwhelming to my eye. Because there is so much going on I like to use fewer zentangles in my art pieces. I like for them to flow with the feel of the piece or for the zentangle to act as the fabric.

I’ve recently moved from straight white paper and black pen to using other mediums to create my fashion zentangles.

Fashion Zentangle by Heidi Cogdill

Fashion Zentangle by Heidi Cogdill

This fashion zentangle is done in my art journal. I used gesso to cover the gloss page and then used off white and light pink acrylic over that. Once it was completely dried I used the cover of the very first Bella Grace magazine as inspiration to draw with graphite pencil the outline of a girl standing in the wind. Then using zentangles I filled in her scarf, which for me was the focal point. It needed a pattern that showed movement. Then I added a few zentangle patterns to the dress, but I didn’t want this to overwhelm the eye or distract fro the scarf.

Fashion Zentangle by Heidi Cogdill

Gesso over glossy art journal book page, then applied thick, messy brush strokes of blue, which allowed for some of the paper and gesso to show through. With black micron pens I drew the outline of a woman squatting down. This time I wanted the zentangles to look like the pattern on the fabric.

Fashion Zentangle by Heidi Cogdill

This is another one zentangle dress. Using only one pattern I sketched out the skirt and then with colored pencils I colored in her skin, face, hair, etc. I loved the idea of seeing the page/words through the dress. And the colored pencils offered such a soft and smooth contrast to the dark black of the dress.

Fashion Zentangle by Heidi Cogdill

This piece I wanted to include more zentangle patterns, but again wanted it to blend into the entire piece rather than overwhelm or distract. It almost looks like fabric.

 

Art Journaling – DLP week 17 – Ink

Sketchbook

April Theme
Color Safari (Exploring Inks and Paints)
April 25
Art Challenge:  Inks
Journal Prompt:  Before the Ink is Dry

DLP week 17

First I started by drawing circles with ink and then spraying the page with water to let the color mix and spread.

DLP week 17

DLP week 17

Once the background was finished. I used black pigment ink and a stick to draw the masked girl. The background was still slightly damp so I didn’t have to add any more water to the page. The ink immediately started to spread and so I just left it to do it’s thing.

DLP week 17

Using stencils and spray ink I added more layers to the other side of the page.

DLP week 17

Once the girl was dry, I used colored ink to add a bit of color to her hair, dress and mask.

DLP week 17

Using a white sharpie paint pen I added flower doodles into the black background.

Then with black pen I wrote some of my favorite Natalie Goldberg quotes.

DLP week 17

Art Journaling – DLP week 9 – 5 layers

Sketchbook

February Theme
Layers You Will Love!
February 28
Art Challenge:  Using at Least Five Layers
Journal Prompt:  Give Me a  High Five

This week’s DLP challenge was a challenge for me. I started with a layer of magazine images that were cut in pie shaped pieces…almost like sun rays on the page. I felt in love with the colors that I didn’t want to cover it.

DLP week 9 - 5 layers

DLP week 9 - 5 layers

DLP week 9 - 5 layers

Second layer was with gesso, which I applied with a paintbrush and then wiped off with a paper towel.

DLP week 9 - 5 layers

Third layer I cut out a flower from a magazine and with a black marker doodles over the top of it.

DLP week 9 - 5 layers

Layer four with acrylic paint I added lines and doodles around the page. I then dipped the brush in water and splattered paint around the page.

Layer five I used white sharpie paint pen to add more doodles and writing.

DLP week 9 - 5 layers

DLP week 9 - 5 layers

Adding doodles to your artwork

Sketchbook

One of my favorite things to draw is fashion art. My grandmother wanted to draw fashion art for magazines many years ago. She ended up a tile artist instead. She was a fantastic artist and it always made me sad that she didn’t live her dream of drawing fashion illustrations for print ads. A couple of years ago I started playing around with fashion illustration, and at the same time I was doing a lot of doodle art in my sketchbook, so one night while sitting in front of the TV with the kiddos, I merged the two. It was fabulous!

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Doodles added to week 7 of the DLP project.

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I drew tea cups on magazine pages and cut them out. Then with a .01 micron black pen I added doodles.

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I love old newspapers and the artwork that they come with. I decided to try doodling over the illustrations.

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Art Journaling – DLP week 7 – Cover Up Good Stuff

Sketchbook

February Theme
Layers You Will Love!
February 14
Art Challenge:  Cover Up Good Stuff
Journal Prompt:  Going Undercover

DLP wk 7 cover up good stuff

I started with white and pink acrylic paint and blended across the entire page.

DLP wk 7 cover up good stuff

I pulled this image from a magazine because I just loved the way the ice crystals formed on the flower buds and trees. Since the challenge was to cover up good stuff I knew it was time to pull out this image. I cut out a dress shape and used mod podge to glue it down.

DLP wk 7 cover up good stuff

With acrylic paint I painted the torso, head and hair.

DLP wk 7 cover up good stuff

DLP wk 7 cover up good stuff

I covered the dress with gesso, which was seriously hard to do. I loved this image, but knew I wanted a washed out background before I added pen on top. I also added tissue hearts and glitter to the left side of the page.

DLP wk 7 cover up good stuff

Now it was time to “cover up the good stuff”…I used black sharpie to doodle on top of the dress cutout.

DLP wk 7 cover up good stuff

Finally, I added black sharpie doodles to the hearts and white sharpie to add a quote.

DLP wk 7 cover up good stuff